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A 49-year-old member asked:

Get rid of acne in one day, is this possible?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
No: I'm really sorry your acne has been neglected up until now. You're old enough to write healthtap so you're old enough to take charge. If two weeks on topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you, or you have it on your trunk, pick up the phone and call your family physician. Prescription-strength rx's vary and you may try several, but we can control it until it self-cures.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how could i get rid of acne in less than three days(if possible)?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Forgive my frankness: Acne is a chronic disease and you need to be proactive and manage it. If the prom is coming up, get right with your physician, and perhaps a combination of topical benzoyl peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative or both plus systemic tetracycline will give you some relief, but it won't clear you. There's no magic, kelso, just hard work ahead of you partnered with your physician. Be brave, good luck.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How can one prevent acne? How to get rid of current acne?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Rx: The oral contraceptive pill often ends a young woman's acne if she want it and can take it. Otherwise, i start with benzoyl peroxide plus topical clindamycin, adding a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. Next, i move to a systemic antibiotic that's appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have the strongest medications.
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A 49-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of acne as quickly as possible?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Scientific Rx: Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and phone your physician to ask about possible supplemental Rx such as a topical or systemic antibiotic, or (if you're a lady) a hormonal manipulation. Easy acne can be gone in 2 weeks but you need to be vigilant as it can't be cured but must be managed until it self-cured. If offered isotretinoin, give this rough medicine strong consideration.
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Last updated Dec 22, 2013
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